York Daily Record & (USA TODAY Network)

High school athletic director remains a man’s world
There isn’t a single woman working as an athletic director in York County. In an age when teenage girls and boys participate equally in high school sports, I looked into why that’s the case.

McLain sisters carry on ‘legendary’ family legacy
Eastern York runners Maddie and Olivia McLain are the nieces of Donna McLain Vitacco, perhaps the best distance runner in Pennsylvania history. They’re doing plenty to carry on her legacy.

The Evening Sun & (USA TODAY Network)

Penn State Blue Band provides the Happy Valley hype
When game day comes for the Penn State football team, it’s also game day for the Penn State Blue Band. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the Blue Band brings the hype to game day.

Mark Phillips, the No. 9 MLB Draft pick in 2000, returns to Hanover
Mark Phillips, a former San Diego Padres and New York Yankees top prospect who never made the major leagues, is finally embarking on a life outside of baseball.

Bermudian’s Clabaugh wrestles for mom’s memory
Bermudian Springs junior Austin Clabaugh prays to his mother, who died in early December, before every match. He hopes to honor her by winning a state medal.

Hanover grad Tracy looking for second chance
Soukaina Tracy appeared well on her way to a Division I scholarship before suffering two ACL tears in 16 months. Now, she’s babysitting everyday and her mom is working three jobs to raise money to attend IMG Academy for one last shot at college basketball.

Former Littlestown star brings pro experience back home
Robert Rohrbaugh’s seven-year pro baseball career fell one step short of the major leagues. Now he’s back in Adams County, where he’s started a travel program to help this generation’s players further their careers.

Littlestown’s Langrill makes emotional return to track after ACL tear
Littlestown sophomore Kristin Langrill, who tore her ACL 11 weeks earlier, made an emotional return to the track during the Bolts’ season finale. She jogged the 100 dash, one of her favorite events, on her 16th birthday.

Female forfeit rule used against Delone Catholic
Smart strategy or cheap coaching? The J.P. McCaskey wrestling team took advantage of a Diocese of Harrisburg policy to beat Delone Catholic in wrestling.

Road to Williamsport closed in Hanover
While Red Land Little League continues to live out the Little League dream, that dream is dead in Hanover.

Hanover baby, family cope with little-known Alagille syndrome
Paisley Topper has spent much of her life in hospitals because she has Alagille syndrome, a rare condition estimated to affect about one in every 72,000 to 100,000 people.

Gettysburg All-American returns to help coach Bullets after 30 years with FBI
Former Gettysburg College football star Kirby Scott is back with the team after three decades as an FBI agent.

Library leaks could cost Hanover Borough
Guthrie Memorial Library has persistent leaks that could cost the borough hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. It’s the latest chapter in the library’s often-controversial history.

New Oxford to Penn State: Conaway’s journey
Jordan Conaway, the winningest wrestler in New Oxford High School history, had a unique journey with Penn State. This weekend, that journey ends at Madison Square Garden for his final NCAA Tournament.

Sun Coast Media Group

Sallade’s Story: Spring Vision
Thirty years ago, Wayne Sallade led the charge to get the tourist development tax passed in Charlotte County, helping knock down the biggest domino that had to fall to bring spring training to the area.

Happy 94th anniversary
How do DeSoto County High School and Hardee High School know they own the longest continuous high school football rivalry in Florida? The answer rests in a filing cabinet in Jill Maassen’s classroom.

Out of the shadows
Cross country opened doors of opportunity for Tyler Fisher. He emerged from a difficult family life and is now on track to become the first person in his family to attend college, at an Ivy League school no less.

A winning moment
Cole Bissonnette, an 11-year-old born with cerebral palsy and a gross motor problem on his left side, scored his first basket with some help from an opponent in an inspirational show of sportsmanship.
Also: video story

Eagles turn up for A-Sun title rematch
The popular song “Turn down for what” by D.J. Snake and Lil Jon became the mantra of big wins for the Florida Gulf Coast men’s basketball team in 2014. They hope to blast it one more time after the Atlantic Sun championship game against rival Mercer.

New Jersey Hills Media Group

Laughing all the way
A group of Ridge High School seniors made having fun the only goal for their final season of competitive baseball, and they got to finish their careers in a championship game at TD Bank Ballpark.

Columbia Missourian

Bowers is recovered, ready to start senior season with Tigers
Although he said and did all of the right things, sitting out of the 2011-12 basketball season with a torn ACL was tough on Laurence Bowers. This story captures the feelings and moments that very few others knew about.

What constitutes a basketball championship? Don’t ask Kansas
The evidence suggests that Kansas, as well as other schools, exaggerate their championship history. This tounge-in-cheek column was the second most-viewed article on in 2012.


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